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Jasper's Restaurant
Muskogee, OK
Photo courtesy Greg West

Check out the lettering out front of Jasper's Restaurant, located in Muskogee, OK. 08-06



Metro Diner (Demolished)
Tulsa, OK
Photo courtesy Matthias Tippner

Along Route 66 in Tulsa, OK is the Metro Diner. Built sometime in the early 1980's off a former gas station, the Metro Diner closed down in November 2006 as part of landowner the University of Tulsa's efforts to create a new university entrance. According to the November 20, 2006 edition of KOTV.com, this 50's style diner was to close on Sunday November 26, 2006. 01-07


UPDATE 04/08 : The Metro Diner has been demolished due to the expansion of the Tulsa University campus. Many thanks to Cathie Miller for update. 04-08



Kaisers Ice Cream
Oklahoma City, OK
Photos and info courtesy Chris Small

Here is a vintage ice cream shop called Kaisers Ice Cream in downtown Oklahoma City. It's on the National Registry of Historic Places. Kaisers is also known as the Grateful Bean Cafe. 05-08



Ox Yoke Inn (Removed)
Amana, IA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's the Ox Yoke Inn, located in Amana, IA. The Ox Yoke is home to some great steaks. The Ox Yoke Inn sign was removed in September 2008 to comply with an Amana Colonies sign ordinance adopted in 1996 which forbids neon signs. The Ox Yoke Inn opened in 1940 and then moved to the current site of the restaurant in 1950, a circa 1856 building. The sign dates back to around 1950. 12-08



Charcoal Oven
Oklahoma City, OK
Photo courtesy Bill Jackson

The Charcoal Oven drive-in eatery has been serving up charcoal broiled burgers to folks passing through Oklahoma City for nearly 60 years. Unfortunately, the end is near as Discount Tire has been issued a permit at this site. Opening in 1958, by fonder David Wilson, the Charcoal Oven is scheduled to close in September. 09-16



Hiway House Motel Albuquerque NMEl Rancho Grande
Tulsa, OK
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's a shot of the sign at the El Rancho Grande Mexican food restaurant in Tulsa. As you can see from this photo, downtown Tulsa is not too far away. In fact, the recently restored Meadow Gold rooftop sign is located just down the street.

The El Rancho Grande first opened its doors in 1951 at a different location. It move over to this place on Route 66 in 1953. This neon sign is a delight to look at and is a Mother Road treasure. 08-17



Tally's Cafe
Tulsa, OK
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Tally's Good Food Cafe features a neon sign just above its doorway. Tally's has been a Tulsa, OK staple since 1987,. Word is that founder and owner Tally Alame bought out a restaurant named Mark and Mary's, and the rest is history.

There were rumors in 2015 that the restaurant was closing, but thank goodness it didn't come true. Here's a photo of the Tally's sign in the day. For more information, see the Tally's Good Food Cafe website. 08-17










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